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This Week in Science: Lakes on Mars, a Formula for Skipping Stones, and Rat Lingerie

World Science Festival | Posted 02.11.2015 | Science
World Science Festival

The 96-mile-wide crater that NASA's Curiosity rover has been exploring probably once held a vast lake.

Alien Message From Space: We Want Dr. Matt Taylor's Bowling Shirt!

Spencer Green | Posted 01.16.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

In a remarkable development, scientists have received a message from deep space in which aliens want to know how and where they can get the bowling shirt of hot, scantily-clad women worn by Rosetta physicist Matt Taylor.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week brought reports that President Obama will soon take executive action to prevent the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants. The news sparked howls of protests from Republicans, with Speaker John Boehner on Thursday refusing to rule out shutting down the government in retaliation. "This is the wrong way to govern," he said. So in order to prevent the president from exercising the power of government, the right "way to govern" is, apparently, to prevent all government from working. Perhaps when Philae is done probing Comet 67P, it can land on a place even more inhospitable to humans -- the U.S. Congress -- and make sense out of that dormant, non-celestial body. Meanwhile, New York Mayor De Blasio announced that those caught with small amounts of marijuana would be given tickets instead of being arrested. It's a welcome, if belated, step -- but even better would be ending the racial disparities in drug enforcement. That's the real ticket.

Toast of the Week: The Best Way to Celebrate Mankind Landing on a Freakin' Comet | Posted 01.14.2015 | Taste

Space and booze have been making a lot of news recently. Perhaps someday we'll all be throwing back space beers on Mars.

Comet Lander Goes Dark

Reuters | Posted 11.16.2014 | Science

(Reuters) - A pioneering robotic spacecraft shut down on Saturday after radioing results of its first and probably last batch of scientific experiment...

Back In Contact!

AP | GEIR MOULSON | Posted 01.14.2015 | Science

BERLIN (AP) — The spacecraft that landed on a comet performed two tricky maneuvers Friday, by drilling into the rocky surface and rotating itself to...

Philae Lander Starts Drilling Into Comet's Surface

AP/HuffPost | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.14.2014 | Science

Now that it's safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency's Philae lander is getting to work. The lander ...

How To Watch Historic Comet Landing

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.11.2014 | Science

The countdown is on for the European Space Agency's historic bid to land on a comet. The agency's Rosetta spacecraft is set to place its Philae rob...

Comet Chaser To Attempt Historic Rendezvous This Week | Mike Wall | Posted 08.04.2014 | Science

After a 10-year, 4-billion-mile journey through deep space, a European probe will finally arrive at its comet destination this week. The European Sp...

After Long Sleep, Comet Chaser Gets Wake-Up Call | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

Rosetta, the first spacecraft built to orbit a comet and land a probe on these icy nomads, is now waking up after more than two years of slumber, an...

Comet ISON of the Season

Dr. Tyler Nordgren | Posted 01.26.2014 | Science
Dr. Tyler Nordgren

Comet ISON is now two days away from a close encounter with the Sun, an encounter that it very well may not survive. On Thursday ISON will sweep around the Sun, clearing its roiling surface by as little as 800,000 miles. After Thanksgiving, one of three fates will have come to pass.

How to See Comet ISON This Week -- Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 2013

David J. Eicher | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

2013-11-25-cometisondavid1125.jpg As astronomers who have been watching the comet know, however, the past few days -- and the next few days -- will not be the best ones to try to catch the comet.

Will 'Comet Of Century' Survive?

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 11.25.2013 | Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For months, all eyes in the sky have pointed at the comet that's zooming toward a blisteringly close encounter with the ...

WATCH: NASA Explains 'How To Cook A Comet'

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.22.2013 | Science

You don't need NASA to tell you how to cook an egg. Mac and cheese? You can handle that too. But when it comes to knowing how to "cook" a comet, NASA'...

How to See Comet ISON This Week -- Nov. 18-24

David J. Eicher | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

2013-11-20-cometisondavideichler20.jpg In late November, Comet ISON moves its fastest as it flies from Virgo, through Libra and Scorpius, and then heads north into Ophiuchus.

LOOK: 'Comet Of The Century' Dances Through Constellations

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 11.20.2013 | Science

Grab your binoculars, stargazers. Touted as the "comet of the century," Comet ISON is in full "outburst mode," having brightened dramatically over the...

LOOK: 'Comet Of Century' Lightens Up | Joe Rao | Posted 11.15.2013 | Science

Get ready for a stellar show. The much-anticipated Comet ISON is now visible to the naked eye according to reports from many observers. Comet ISON ...

How to See Comet ISON This Week -- Nov. 11-17

David J. Eicher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

2013-11-11-Davidjeichlercometison3.jpg Comet ISON (C/2012 S1), the much-anticipated visitor from the distant depths of the solar system, continues to brighten and this week should reach naked-eye visibility as seen from a dark sky, away from city lights.

How to See Comet ISON This Week -- Nov. 4-10

David J. Eicher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

The next few weeks will undoubtedly give us our best shot at ISON. To see it this week, you'll need to venture out in the early morning, around 4 a.m. local time, and look toward the constellation Leo.

Has Scientist Found Holy Grail Of Life?

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.04.2013 | Science

Scientists know life on Earth began more than 3.8 billion years ago, but exactly how it began has long been an unanswered question. Now a scientist...

PHOTO: Long-Awaited Comet Looks 'Downright Weird,' Observers Say | Joe Rao | Posted 11.01.2013 | Science

With just one month to go before its dramatic solar rendezvous, skirting to within a hairbreadth of the surface of the sun, Comet ISON continues to b...

How to See Comet ISON This Week!

David J. Eicher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

The next few weeks will undoubtedly give us our best shot at ISON. To see it this week, you'll need to venture out in the early morning, around 4 a.m. local time, and look toward the constellation Leo.

11 Cool Facts About Comets

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 10.23.2013 | Science

The world is set to go comet crazy next month, as the highly anticipated Comet ISON comes into view. "Comet ISON has the potential to be among the ...

Comet ISON and the Meaning of Life

David J. Eicher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
David J. Eicher

The science world is turning its attention to the skies as a comet closes in that may be dramatically bright beginning next month.

WATCH: Giant Balloon Poised To Hunt 'Comet Of The Century' | Leonard David | Posted 09.27.2013 | Science

A colossal NASA balloon is poised to carry a free-hanging gondola sky-high on a mission to take a gander at celestial grandeur: Comet ISON. Weather ...